April 24, 2016 / 3:31 PM / 3 years ago

Obama says EU and U.S. must move forward with TTIP

U.S. President Barack Obama addresses a news conference upon talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (unseen) at Schloss Herrenhausen in Hanover, Germany April 24, 2016. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

HANOVER, Germany (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said the European Union and United States must move forward with a trade free trade accord still under negotiation which supporters say could boost each economy by some $100 billion.

“It is indisputable” that free trade has strengthened the U.S. economy and also has brought enormous benefits to countries that engage in it, Obama said.

The U.S. president spoke at a news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, one of his closest allies in dealing with a shaky global economy and security crises in the Middle East and Ukraine.

Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Writing by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Alison Williams

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